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Pro-life group president urges action after medical expert tells inquiry abortions will increase by 25 per cent under new bill

Fighting abortion

DECRIMINALISING abortion would result in a dramatic increase in the number of terminations performed in public hospitals, a medical expert has told the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into legalising abortion. Dr Carol Portmann, former director of maternal and foetal medicine at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, who now performs abortions up to 20 weeks as part of her private gynaecology ... Read More »

How the confessional brought this London gangster back from the dead

FORMER London gangster John Pridmore had a reputation as a violent enforcer. One night, while working as a bouncer at a West End nightclub owned by the mob, he savagely beat a man.  He did it to impress one of his gangland bosses. Wearing knuckledusters, John landed one last powerful punch and watched the man fall straight backwards and smash ... Read More »

Enduring memorial St Mary of the Cross opened in CBD

mary mackillop chapel art

    AUSTRALIA’S first canonised saint was a pilgrim who has drawn millions of Catholics with her on her journey, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. In a homily to a packed St Stephen’s Cathedral, Archbishop Coleridge, said St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was a daughter of this land, but a saint for the whole world. He acknowledged her suffering ... Read More »

Iraqi refugees welcomed to Darra by Archbishop and school community

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has used a pastoral visit to Darra to welcome newly-arrived Iraqi refugee families. Two families driven from their war-torn homeland have spent the past two years in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, and have been reunited with relatives already living in Brisbane. “Last week we had two couples arrive with their children at our school, ... Read More »

St Paul’s reaching out to help refugees settle into Australia

A SIGN at the entrance to Logan’s St Paul’s parish and school says “Welcome” in 13 languages. It is a hub for new arrivals from every continent – those looking for a spiritual home and a place for their children to start a new education.  They include refugee families and asylum seekers on temporary bridging visas. “St Paul’s is the ... Read More »

‘This is not human, this is not Christ’, Don Dale centre priest says

THE Catholic chaplain who ministers to youth inside Darwin’s notorious Don Dale detention centre, and even washed the boys’ feet, said he was “sick to the core” after watching graphic television images of abuse by guards. Fr Dan Benedetti has ministered at the Northern Territory detention centre since 2003, and knows the teenagers, including Dylan Voller, whose brutal treatment was documented on the ... Read More »

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